The intrigue involved with the Lockerbie bomber has been addressed on this blog before. There are now reports that he is near death. What I don’t understand is why it was important that Gaddafi wanted him back so badly. If he is indeed dying then the doctors that made the pronouncement that his death was pending have been vindicated. He must have been on hormone therapy and his PSA going up. In this case you can predict somewhat longevity but not always.
But I digress. You’ll read below the tie in with BP and I find that very interesting, as I said before, ” the stuff movies are made of.”
The picture above is the beach in front of a condo we have in Orange Beach, Ala. I am here in Orange Beach as I write. The heavy equipment you see in the picture above is right out my back door. I took the picture just minutes ago. It sounds like New York City here. Back-up beeps, roaring diesel engines, horns, and the voices of the workers drowning out any chance of hearing the ocean. The last time my wife and I came here was in August. They reported that the moving of dirt to find “tar balls” behind our condo would be completed in a few days. You guessed it, about the time we leave.
This might surprise you but I have somewhat enjoyed being at the beach when it’s cold and getting to watch the dirt moving. They dug it up, loaded it on a truck, took it to shifter, loaded it back on a truck and then took the dirt back. The funny thing is that to my eye the beach sand is clean. There certainly is not obvious oil issues. I wonder if BP gave money for clean up and “By God we are going to spend it” mentality has kicked in. My wife has enjoyed the drama of all the motion and figuring out the sequence of where all the equipment goes. ” John, it looks like someone is playing with toys down there.” Indeed, the equipment looks like our kids toys when viewed from the fifth floor. The Orange Beach “Deep Clean”
So the Lockerbie bomber, BP, Orange Beach and prostate cancer. Yep, only I can pull that one off.
WikiLeaks: Gaddafi threatened UK over Lockerbie bomber
LONDON, Dec 9 ─ Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi threatened to cut trade with Britain and warned of “enormous repercussions” if the Lockerbie bomber died in jail, Britain’s Guardian newspaper said yesterday, citing US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, jailed for life for his part in blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, was freed by Scottish authorities in August 2009 on compassionate grounds, as he had prostate cancer and was thought to have just months to live.
The release fuelled anger in the United States, because 189 of the 270 victims were American, and the fact he remains alive today has stirred suspicion over the reason for his release.
“The Libyans have told HMG (Her Majesty’s Government) flat out that there will be ‘enormous repercussions’ for the UK-Libya bilateral relationship if Megrahi’s early release is not handled properly,” US diplomat Richard LeBaron wrote in a cable to Washington in October 2008.
Libya “convinced UK embassy officers that the consequences if Megrahi were to die in prison … would be harsh, immediate and not easily remedied,” the US. ambassador to Libya was quoted as saying in another cable in January 2009.
“Specific threats have included the immediate cessation of all UK commercial activity with Libya, a diminishment or severing of political ties, and demonstrations against official UK facilities,” said US Ambassador Gene Cretz.
Libyan officials had implied the welfare of British diplomats and citizens in Libya would be at risk. “The regime remains essentially thuggish in its approach,” he added.
The Guardian said the cables also showed Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond had underestimated the public outcry in the United States and Britain.
It said a British civil servant had told the US embassy that officials from Salmond’s Scottish National Party had sought to blame the British government for putting the Scots in a position to have to make a decision.
“It is clear that the Scottish government underestimated the blowback it would receive in response to Megrahi’s release and is now trying to paint itself as the victim,” wrote Louis Susman, the US ambassador in London, in a cable.
US anger over Megrahi’s release resurfaced earlier this year after suggestions British energy giant BP Plc had lobbied Scotland for Megrahi’s release. BP and Scottish ministers have denied the accusations.
Britain has always conceded that its interests would be damaged if Megrahi died in a Scottish prison.
However, speaking to BBC radio yesterday, both Salmond and former British Justice Secretary Jack Straw repeated denials that Libyan pressure had played a part in the decision to allow Megrahi to return home.
“From a Scottish government perspective ─ and incidentally, the American information bears this out ─ we weren’t interested in threats, we weren’t interested in blandishments, we were only interested in applying Scottish justice,” Salmond said.
Straw added: “Both Alex Salmond and the British government have said until they’re blue in the face what is true, that this was a decision which was made by the Scottish government and by nobody else and they did it on the basis of their law.” ─ Reuters